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Repeal the WEP/GPO Penalties and Protect Earned Social Security Benefits

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WHEREAS, After 1965, California?s educators were not allowed to participate in the Federal Social Security System; and
WHEREAS, The State Teachers? Retirement System is not coordinated with the Federal Social Security System; and
WHEREAS, The benefits of certain members of the Public Employees? Retirement System and retirement systems established pursuant to the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 are not coordinated with the Federal Social Security System; and
WHEREAS, The public safety officers? retirement plans are uniquely designed to address the special needs of their professions, including firefighters? unique employment characteristics, such as the physical demands of the job, which ultimately result in higher injury rates and permanent disabilities; and
WHEREAS, The Social Security Act includes two penalties, the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), that reduce the Social Security benefits payable to persons who are entitled to benefits under other retirement systems, and which directly controvert the designed intention of these California public retirement system plans; and
WHEREAS, These provisions penalize individuals who move from private sector employment into teaching, public safety, and other careers in public service; and
WHEREAS, These provisions penalize individuals who earned Social Security benefits through their own employment prior to or after public service by denying earned benefits; and
WHEREAS, The elimination of the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision would greatly improve the opportunities for hiring and retaining teachers, peace officers, firefighters, and other public employees in California; and
WHEREAS, The elimination of the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision would provide economic stimulus across California by providing earned retirement benefits to public servants in every region of this state during this time of continuing slow economic growth;

The WEP/GPO:
? Penalizes public employees in all 50 states;
? Denies earned and paid for benefits;
? Penalizes widows and widowers by up to 100% loss of survivor benefits;

Congress must act now to provide Social Security Solvency and Fairness.

Congress must act to repeal the WEP/GPO and protect earned and paid for Social Security benefits.

We the undersigned want Congress to act to provide Social Security Solvency and Fairness by repealing the Windfall Elimination Provision and the Government Pension Offset.

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Public Comments (11,616)
May 25th, 2017
Kenneth B. from Brick, NJ writes:
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This can't exist any longer. It should have never existed to begin with. The WEP/GPO must be "Eliminated and Repealed now. It should also be retroactive. "All Americans are supposed to be treated equal." This is supposed to be the United States of America. It all boils down to one topic. "Working for the Government is a disgrace." The WEP/GPO means one thing, "Stealing from the Americans"
Apr 27th, 2017
Reginald B. from Detroit, MI writes:
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April 27, 2017 Reggie B. from Detroit, MI writes: I am a retired Detroit Police Officer who has proudly served to protect the citizens of this City, who has been wounded in street battles serving for the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan School Board in Detroit for a combined service of over thirty years. My income was supplemented throughout my career with secondary jobs that I paid into Social Security and have now become eligible with 40 Quarters to collect Social Security Benefits, was unaware of the penalty of WEP (Windfall Elimination Provision Act of 1983). However, since the WEP offset has reduced my Social Security Benefits by 45%, we are also suffering with the loss of our medical insurance due to the bankruptcy of Detroit, plus a Michigan State Tax was added into our pension has caused our income to fall to the poverty level with the higher cost of living that we are now experiencing. The insurance coverage that we can afford is not affordable and is paid out of our pension check because we are now on a fixed income, was not agreed upon before separation from the Police Department. Many of us are experiencing higher co pays, that require out of pocket expenses and many of our prescribed prescriptions that are written as (DAW) are not covered by insurance companies because of the specialty insurance coverage that we lost was designed to cover the higher cost for medications for the type of injuries we received in our course of line of work. As we have gotten older so has our injuries, areas of pain that has stricken our bodies we now are suffering with, as illness prevents many of us from returning back to work, most of us who are now in our late sixties and seventies. I hope with faith and prayer that this H.R. Bill 1795: Social Security Fairness Act of 2013 is passed in legislature because it is unfair for all of the Public Servants who have served in the capacity of helping other people throughout their career, who have paid into the system, deserve the right to collect what is due us. Shame on the Political Politics if this bill does not pass. Thank you to the Co-sponsors Representatives who have initiated this Bill. Thank you to all that have served and sacrificed themselves in their chosen professions to help make this world a better place. God Bless You All, and to our Teachers too, because without them how do you think we got to where we are. Sincerely, Reggie Barnes Retired Detroit Police Officer
Apr 27th, 2017
Reginald B. from Detroit, MI signed.
Apr 22nd, 2017
Jimmy G. from Henderson, NV writes:
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Repel WEP and GPO. Stop robbing retirees who earned Social Security benefits.
Apr 22nd, 2017
Jimmy G. from Henderson, NV writes:
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Repel WEP and GPO. Stop robbing retirees who earned Social Security benefits.
Apr 22nd, 2017
Jimmy G. from Henderson, NV writes:
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Repel WEP and GPO. Stop robbing retirees who earned Social Security benefits.
Apr 22nd, 2017
Jimmy G. from Henderson, NV writes:
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Repel WEP and GPO. Stop robbing retirees who earned Social Security benefits.
Apr 22nd, 2017
Jimmy G. from Henderson, NV writes:
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Repel WEP and GPO. Stop robbing retirees who earned Social Security benefits.
Apr 22nd, 2017
Jimmy G. from Henderson, NV writes:
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Repel WEP and GPO. Stop robbing retirees who earned Social Security benefits.
Apr 22nd, 2017
jimmy g. from Bronson, MI writes:
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Repel WEP and GPO. Repatriate lost earnings since the time WEP and GPO was enacted.